There are wonderful day hikes into traditional villages around the Punakha valley. Chimi Lakhang Temple, considered to be the temple of fertility, stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch.
- Bird watching in Haa Valley
- Learning about the influence of animalistic rituals practiced in Haa Valley
- Getting insight in the indigenous lifestyle of Bhutanese people in Haa Valley
Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Vajrayana Buddhism to Bhutan, which was then part of Tibet and is the tutelary deity of the country. Paro Takstang is the best known of the thirteen Taktsang or Tiger Lair caves in which he and his students meditated.
There is a legend that Guru Rinpoche was carried from Tibet to this location on the back of a tigress, thus giving it the name “Tiger’s Nest”, which is standing tall at a cliffside at a height of 10420 feet.